The Discerning Crafter : The
Guide to Resource Gathering
The North Downs is in many ways a paradise for resource
gathering for tier 3. However, it really has to be, because
there is so many materials to be gathered to gain mastery in tier 3
resources that your going to need all the help you can get. The
only truly weak spot for resources in the north downs are tier 3
scholar products. There are not that many, the only good place
for these here are in the ruins just north of Meluinen in southern
Kingsfell, and even then, that isn't that good.
Aside for that flaw, the thing that makes the north downs so good for
resource gathering (especially tier 3) is that you can multitask.
There is, for example, a deed involving killing over 270 wargs.
Kingsfell (and anywhere east of Esteldin) is just full of wargs, and
all give sturdy hides. This makes this area outstanding for doing
this deed and gathering those hides. On top of that, there are 3
quests which involve defeating wargs, and 2 quests for defeating the
massive hoar-mantles here. So if you wish to gather hides for
tailoring or sale, you can multitask nicely. Similarly, ore
gathering is good here. Make sure to head to Esteldin and Othrikar
before starting to mine rich iron and gold near Esteldin and Othrikar..
both locations have quests to defeat many of the creatures you will be
running into as you run around gathering ore.
For tier 2 resources, your better off heading to Bree-land. The
eastern bree-fields are out of the way but better for tier 2 skins and
ores, and nothing beats Andrath for tier 2 scholar products.
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Assuming you don't mind the ever present wargs, orcs, trolls and
goblins, Dol Dinen is a moderately fair place to find tier 3, excepting
scholar items. But the inhabitants make this place problematical,
to say the least. However, all the wargs here make it, like
much of the North Downs, a good place to get sturdy hides. There
are no farming products here, and ore is very rare.
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Rhunenlad seems like
the kind of place that would have a lot of yew wood, but this isn't the
case. It has a fair amount, but it is not particularly noteworthy
in this respect. There are many hides here to be gained, but the
only the wargs are worth getting sturdy hides from, the hoar mantle's
are signature animals. Blueberries, green onions and raspberries
can be found in small quantities here. Ore is rare here.
North, at Nan Amlug East there is moderate (at most) amount of ore, all
Nan Amlug West: An outstanding
place to gather hides due to the many wargs here. There are fewer
of other enemies, so as long as you can handle a 31 warg, you should be
able to gather as many hides as you wish. There is more yew wood
here to be found, also, though some parts of this large area is less
fertile for this sort of thing than others. Of note, north of Othrikar
among the Dourhand mining camps is a poor place to gain wood.
Honey, blueberries and green onions can be found here in fair
amounts. Toward Othrikar you can get a fair amount of rich iron
and gold ore, and it is less heavily farmed then farther south.
Kingsfell: The first area where
you will find tier 3 resources as you head east, Kingsfell is the best
place to get sturdy hides, simply because the creatures here have these
hides, but are not as tough in other areas. Also, your close to
Esteldin, so you can get repairs and so on done easily enough and have
access to crafting equipment and a bank. Yew wood is less common
here than to the east however, though still present in small
quantities. Honey and green onions can be found here if you
search. You can find some artifacts at Dol Nendir in the south
here, and this is a good place to pick up tier 3 artifacts while
grinding for warg skins and so on. There are many, many
nodes of rich iron and gold here, and while this area is heavily
farmed, on a slow day you can get about 20 to 30 ores just doing a
circuit along the rocky areas of kingsfell.
Annundir: Just on the border
between tier 2 and tier 3, you can find something of both resources
here. However, tier 3 products are less common, or just
absent. The wargs here sometimes drop tier 3 sturdy hides, if you
defeat one of about 24th level. But these creatures are mixed
among weaker, medium hide dropping animals. Ash is found here
fairly often, but no yew wood. You can find honey, green onions
and blueberries, here, but not a lot. The ruins near the road
here have some tier 2 artifacts.
Fornost: The Fields of Fornost
are not a bad place for resources, excepting artifacts. The
entirety of the eastern side has a fair amount of tier 3 ores (rich
iron and gold) plus sturdy hides from the creatures there. Other
areas have some silver and barrow iron. However, the west and
Fornost proper should be avoided. This areas is a good place to
gather resources while getting ready for harder places, like
Kingsfell. Don't be shocked that the tainted fields of the dead
do not have any farming products, at all, to be found. Very
surprisingly, Fornost is a horrible place for artifacts for scholars.
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Greensward: The greensward
is a fairly good place for all the tier 2 items. The animals here
drop medium hides, barrow iron and silver are available. There is
also found some ash. No tier 3 items are here. You can find
farming products here, such as taters, raspberries, blueberries and
green onions. There are no noteworthy artifacts here.
Tier 2 ore is fairly good here, and for some reason farming ore here
Nan Wathren: Nan Wathren, aside
from being awash with orcs, is a poor place for gathering ash, which is
almost absent. Nor are there any hides to be found of any tier.
There are no farming products here. Artifacts are absent from
this area. Ore is almost completely absent from here, don't
Meluinen: This swampy area has
no farming products, most creatures here have no hides to drop, and
there is very little yew wood to be found. There is a little rich
iron and gold ore here, but not enough for special trip, with the
Kingsfell so close.
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